NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Symphony Orchestra at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, located on the SFA campus.

Arguably the most famous of Shostakovich's works, his Symphony No. 5 came at a pivotal moment after Shostakovich had displeased Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin with his opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.” 

Dr. Gregory Grabowski, director of orchestral activities for the SFA School of Music and the Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, considers Symphony No. 5 an “epic” work.

“I chose this piece because it is exciting, beautiful, incredibly challenging and fun to perform,” Grabowski said. “With a number of our senior music education students leaving to do their student teaching in the spring semester, this piece is my way of sending off our students and giving them one last epic performance as they complete their undergraduate degree. Shostakovich 5 is a bucket-list piece for so many of our students, and this performance will be one our students and our audience will remember.”

Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit the box office website. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.